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We’re auto writers. By our very nature, we’re irritable complainers, apt to harp and carp. But whereas we get pleasure from a humorous headline, needling readers, and looking out far into the long run, you’ll extra seemingly discover us sharing pictures of horrendous automotive disappointments on TTAC’s digital HQ, Slack.

Typically the disappointments are apparent and consequently publicized. Departed managing editor Mark Stevenson, for instance, profiled a 2015 Ford Edge Titanium’s construct points in late 2015.

Panel gaps are one technique of quantifying perceived high quality. Business observers and many shoppers use perceived high quality to make educated guesses about future actual high quality. If a car seems to be constructed properly, absolutely it’s. If a car seems to be constructed poorly, how a lot worse is the standard of meeting below the pores and skin?

2017 Lexus ES panel gap collage - Image: © Timothy CainThis difficulty shortly grew to become a subject amongst TTAC’s workers earlier at present when affiliate editor Steph Willems shared a Reddit posting of a Tesla Mannequin X with doorways that don’t even come near lining up. These sorts of photos are shared on Twitter on a regular basis. However hardly ever will we take time to think about the alternative finish of the spectrum. Teslas typically characteristic comically poor perceived high quality, however how a lot better are different autos?

Luckily, the manufacturer-supplied check car visiting Prince Edward Island this week is an apt comparability, extensively assumed to be among the many most dependable autos identified to mankind. If a Tesla Mannequin X fails to reside as much as cheap expectations, how a lot of an area is there between a Californian EV and a Japanese hybrid resembling this Japan-built 2017 Lexus ES300h?2017 Lexus ES panel gaps collage - Images: © Timothy CainIf there’s a automobile for which customers anticipate to see perfection, the Lexus ES is the apparent candidate. It doesn’t promote based mostly on superior efficiency or participating dynamics. It’s not probably the most enticing luxurious sedan. It’s not the least costly luxurious sedan. However Lexus manages to promote a median of 65,000 per 12 months as a result of individuals know precisely what they’re going to get. And if loyal ES patrons have been to ever stroll as much as a next-generation ES in 2018 and see doorways that didn’t line up or a misaligned badging or tilted taillamps, issues about lasting high quality would be made apparent in Lexus’ gross sales stories.

So, is the 2017 Lexus ES300h that TTAC will overview subsequent week a primary instance of excellent panel gaps and peerless construct high quality? Or does that right-side taillamp’s trunklid portion seem a nanometer greater than it’s on the rear fender?

[Images: © Timothy Cain]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Fact About Automobiles and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.internet. Observe on Twitter @timcaincars.

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